🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️

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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide

Guys, I am so obsessed with this gift guide; how cute is it ?? I’m tempted to just leave it all unwrapped under the tree! I know Santa- and Santa’s relatives 😉 – are always excited to celebrate baby’s first holidays, so I loved putting together this little Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide for you to shop and share from! I try to think ahead when shopping for little ones and come up with gifts they’ll grow into or be able to continue to use over a wide age range. I’ll be shopping off of it for Josie and it also includes some of my all-time favorites to grow with baby within the first year+.

A fun and colorful Christmas gift guide with ideas for baby's first year and beyond! Filled with favorites!

To shop: Simply match the number with the item description below and click on the pink link! This post may contain affiliate links which means I make a small commission from purchases made at no cost to you. I appreciate you shopping through my links!

1. Bath Boats: A total bathtime fave! They float, they stack, they pour, and best of all they are easy to wash with no hidden nooks for mildew/mold buildup.

2. Baby books: I’m going to add a few more of these chew proof, tear proof, baby-proof Indestructibles books to our collection – this Jingle Baby book is adorable! Some other favorites are Baby Night-Night and Baby Babble, but they have all kinds of topics from animals to transportation! I also really like this bright board book collection by Jane Foster. “If I were a…” is a fun tactile series!

3. Play Silks: I’ve heard great things about these for open-ended play for all ages and I’m planning on getting them for Josie because right now she loves playing peek-a-boo and these look like they’ll be perfect! I know she’ll also love the silky texture and can’t wait to see all the different ways she’ll use them as she grows!

4. Musical Rainmaker: Babies are hypnotized by the falling beads and it’s an easy shaker for them to make their own music!

5. Silicone Pocket bibs (lots of prints & colors): These are the absolute BEST for mealtime. The adjustable neck fits a whole range of sizes, from babies eating their first solids all the way up to my big kids that still occasionally wear a bib for spaghetti night! The pocket catches dropped food so it doesn’t end up on their lap and you can just pop them in the dishwasher to clean.

6. Stacking/Nesting Cups: This type of toy was an all time favorite of my older kids to stack, nest, fill and empty over and over. I love that this one all fits inside a bucket that I think will make it even more fun to play with and carry around!

7. Cuddle & Kind Doll (lots of choices!): These are heirloom quality, hand-knit dolls. They really are beautiful and created with lots of love and attention to every little detail! For every doll sold, the company donates 10 meals to children in need. Use my link for 20% off your first purchase!

8. Sensory Blocks & Ball Set: With multi-textured surfaces, fun squeaking sounds, and bright colors this set is perfectly sized for baby to hold and eventually stack! The sides also have different pictures to eventually introduce shapes, fruits, and numbers.

9. Weighted Straw sippy cup: The weighted straw makes it easier for baby to drink from no matter the orientation and the straw top is recommended by experts! Plus, you can’t beat a cute little chicken cup!

10. Lovey – My kids have all started cuddling loveys around 5-6 months. This one is the SOFTEST with snuggly faux fur and a satin trim that my kids all love holding onto. My kids have all also loved this lovey for sleeping (be aware of safe sleep practices- I am personally comfortable with this one because it is made of breathable muslin)

11. Sleep Sack (more cute prints & colors!) – I love these sleep sacks to keep baby warm at night and are recommended as a safer sleep solution than a blanket! I’ll be getting Josie this winter weight version.

12. Teether– These gummy teethers are the best! Perfect for their hands to hold, a gummy textured chewy end, and a safety stop so they can’t gag themselves. There’s also this option that’s perfect for reaching back to molars.

13. Activity Center – This is my all-time favorite activity center because it grows a with baby. My kids have started being able to sit in it around 5 months old up to 25lbs. Once they start standing/cruising/walking you can remove the seat and put the center piece in to make an activity table. Stage 3 is removing the toys and it transforms into a toddler table.

14. Organization Pouches – These handmade pouches are one of my favorites! This small shop is stocked with ready to ship options like “baby”, “diapers”, “snacks”, “ouch”, “play” or join a waiting list for a personalized pouch!

15. Ball Run – The perk of being the third child is that your older siblings have test run all the toys – this one is a major winner ! My kids have all loved this ball run! I love that it grows with them. Younger babies like watching the ball go down the track. As they get older they like pushing the ball into the top holes over and over and over. Then as they finally are able to coordinate their gross motor and hand eye coordination, they can retrieve the ball themselves and use the hammer to push it back down. Tons of fun! (My older kids still ask me to bring this up from our storage box for them to play with🤣)

Check out more gift guides:

Little Girl Gift Guide!

Little Boy Gift Guide!


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